Category: Food + Recipes

Eliminating food dyes from your kids snacks? Start with these 3.

When it comes to treats and candy for our kids, we’ve always take a pretty common sense “everything in moderation” approach around here. Hey, we love candy! What’s a trip to the movie theater, a birthday party, or a special occasion lunchbox treat without some sweet stuff? We’re also fans of the 80/20 rule that a lot of families practice — eat well 80% of the time, and you can enjoy treats without guilt the other 20%. But even when it comes to candy, we still want to make the best choices we can for our families. And ourselves....

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75+ of the best Mother’s Day brunch recipes you can prep the day before, cook at the last minute, or make with the kids

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and so I’ve been searching for some really great brunch recipes. Good news is, between Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Eats, we’ve already found more recipes than we could ever cook in a lifetime, so we rounded them up in one place just for you. Whether you’re looking for a recipe you can prep ahead of time, a sweet treat for a thoughtful and delicious food gift, or even a mocktail (or cocktail) to make the day a bit more festive, we’ve got 75+ Mother’s Day brunch recipes the whole family will enjoy — all right here. At top:...

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Your new favorite make-ahead brunch recipes: A foolproof Easter brunch menu.

While we love sharing lots of recipes on Cool Mom Eats — from sticky buns perfect for Easter brunch to easy Easter treats that you can make with kids — there is something to be said for having a go-to menu for whenever you’re entertaining over brunch. This one is my foolproof Easter brunch menu. Watch me prep everything in real time so that you can see just how easy these recipes are on our latest episode of Kitchen Help Live, our weekly Facebook Live broadcast (Thursdays at 1 pm ET!). This latest installment was all about make-ahead Easter brunch...

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Introducing esthechoc: Skincare disguised as delicious dark chocolate | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored post from esthechoc. You certainly know about the benefits of dark chocolate and now there’s one more: After 10 years of extensive research, scientists have developed a new anti-aging skincare solution that happens to come in the form of delicious chocolate. Yes, chocolate. Enter, esthechoc, the world’s first clinically proven chocolate created to slow down the skin’s aging process. – CMP readers save 20% off your esthechoc order now with code CMP17 – You may have read about it in publications like InStyle or the Women’s Health Future 50 Beauty Awards. Remarkably, eating just a small piece of esthechoc (38 calories) a day...

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Yummy and totally easy Valentine’s Day treats for the classroom that there’s still time to make. Because procrastinators give love too!

‘Tis the weekend to make those classroom valentines if you haven’t already (ahem, like me and my boys). But no worries: Sometimes being a procrastinator works in your favor. For example, edible gifts shouldn’t be made more than a couple of days ahead of time, and since homemade goodies are our favorite way to show the love, we’re actually right on schedule. Phew. If you’re with me — because you’re a procrastinator, prefer giving Valentine’s Day food gifts, or both — you’re in luck. Over on Cool Mom Eats we have tons of easy Valentine’s Day treats for the classroom that...

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9 immunity-boosting super foods you might already have on your grocery list

If you’re like us, your family is getting bombarded with all sorts of viruses this winter, so we’re all for doing whatever we can to boost our immune systems. Turns out, there are lots of super foods that might actually help, many of which you could already have on your grocery list. Take a peek at these 9 fantastic super foods, plus easy recipes to get your family to eat them (that’s the kicker, right?). Here’s hoping these help us all kick the bugs. Spring just can’t come soon enough! Image: Feel good chamomile drink | Healthy...

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Super Bowl recipe help? Got you covered with hundreds of last-minute ideas

Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl this weekend for the game, for the commercials, or just for an excuse to get together with friends, Cool Mom Eats and Cool Mom Picks have got you covered with lots of great ideas for last minute, easy Super Bowl recipes. We’ve even got you covered for mocktail recipes. Because designated drivers? You’re all of our MVPs on game day. Above: From DIY Nacho bar ideas via What’s Gaby Cooking. So much great help there!   200+ last minute Super Bowl recipes, drinks, and party-planning help! 5 Instant Pot recipes that make Super Bowl food easy. 5...

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Easy recipes your family will love? This Instagram account can help!

We know people love Instagram for pretty photos and funny memes, but now you can get delicious, easy recipes thanks to the Cool Mom Eats Instagram account. Our food editor and mom-of-2 Stacie Billis shares everything from last-minute dinner ideas to a tasty Super Bowl party food to tons of school lunch inspiration, all right there in our Instagram feed. Yep, no clicking to somewhere else! Just make sure you’re following (and if you feel so inclined, turn notifications on for our posts), so you never miss a recipe.   And be sure to check out our Instagram Story...

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10 fancy chocolate boxes for Valentine’s Day that will blow your mind

Look, I’m never turning down that heart-shaped box from the drugstore, but nothing says I really, really love you like artisan chocolates made with natural ingredients, crazy good chocolate, and somebody’s hands instead of a machine. Trust me, these fancy chocolate boxes are all so impressive, you really can’t go wrong with any one of these. Because, chocolate. And, let’s just say, it’s a lot less messy in the bedroom than, uh, raw oysters. Related: 16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him, all under $35   Vosges Collection du Coeur Vosges is my personal favorite chocolatier of all time....

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All you do is eat tacos on this diet. Cue angels singing.

If you’re looking to drop some pounds in 2017, there are no shortage of diet plans out there, many of which we’ve tried ourselves. (Hello, Whole30). But when we saw this new diet in which all you do is eat tacos, well, you can bet it got our attention. The Taco Cleanse doesn’t come without rules, which I suppose I should have known I wouldn’t just be able to eat tacos all day and all night, but hey, if you’re looking for something that involves eating tasty food and lots (and lots) of it, this might just be the...

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Dinner time just got a whole lot easier

We know first hand how hard it is to juggle work and activities and homework, and then meals, well, that’s just a whole lot of balls in the air. That’s why we’re so thankful for the helpful weekly dinner meal plans over on Cool Mom Eats. Every Friday, our fabulous food editor (and mom-of-two herself) Stacie Billis curates some of the tastiest recipes for your entire week. So instead of all that time wasted trying to find recipes, you can use it to shop and cook. And to make it even easier, we drop them in your email box every...

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Berries Everywhere: Would you ever let your kids do this to your kitchen?

This post was created for our partnership with Very Berry Cheerios My kids love berries. In fact, their aunt nicknamed them “my little fruit bats” because they love berries in their lunches, on their desserts, and yes, with their breakfast. So of course we were all thrilled to have the opportunity to help introduce our sponsor Very Berry Cheerios to you. Because, berries! Let’s just say that the one you can get in your supermarket is a waaaay better option than letting your kids attempt to make their own formulation, like my two daughters did when I let them go to town in my kitchen. (And yes,...

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What’s in that high performance water bottle? Not vodka.

If you’re looking for a great gift for a friend’s New Year’s party — someone who’s unique, a little cheeky, and maybe into yoga, hiking, or any other activity — you’ve got to check out these high-end, high performance water bottles with a name that’s a real conversation starter. Not Vodka water bottles are made to allow your preferred drink (water, or otherwise) to stay cold for 30 hours, hot for 12 hours, and fizzy forever. No BPA, no yucky chemicals, no annoying bottle sweat, either. And they donate $1 from every bottle sold to your choice of one of two charities — Project Thirst...

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Kitchen lifesavers! 21 favorite easy holiday recipes made easier with kitchen shortcuts

Those of you who are also fans of Cool Mom Eats (and hey, thank you!) know that I’m all about coming up with smart solutions to help busy parents with home cooked meals that still feed our families quickly and easily. Especially this time of year, when presumably most of us would rather spend our time hanging with the family, not stuck in the kitchen. Well, depending on the family of course. (Heh.) So we’re here to help with some smart kitchen shortcuts and easy holiday recipes that keep meals simple, speedy, healthy, and above all, totally delicious — thanks in part to our...

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Forget waxy chocolate. Gourmet gelt is here!

Gold coins are a must for Hanukkah, but you don’t have to settle for the waxy ones at the store that make your teeth itch. Check out these six amazing kinds of gourmet gelt and revel in quality ingredients, fair trade cocoa, and posh packaging. There’s even one just for grown-ups. Really. It says so on the packaging. But, we think you can share. A little. Tis the season after all. Related: Modern Hanukkah gifts for kids that make 8 days of giving easier | Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide 2016   Gelt Pail ($32, Freds at Barneys New York)...

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The great holiday cookie gift guide: Something for every sweet tooth on your list.

We’ve recently become Cheryl’s Cookies converts around here, after having received a generous gift basket delivery of their buttercream cookies. (Now that’s a friend.) And now…they’re our newest sponsor! Which makes us very happy. If, very hungry, because we’ve spent an inordinate number of hours browsing their site this past week. It’s amazing how many incredible, affordable treats they offer that make thoughtful and convenient holiday gifts. (ZOMG, cookie cards!) From their famous buttercream frosted cookies in the cutest shapes and designs, to make-your-own kits for kids, holiday tins and giant towers…well, just saying, be careful browsing on an empty stomach....

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10 essential kitchen safety rules to set, that keep little cooks safe in the kitchen.

We’re big fans of pulling kids into the kitchen early and often. But that also means setting kitchen safety rules for kids — and for you. Not just because it keeps them safe (though that’s obviously the most important thing), but because it’s the essential foundation of learning vital cooking skills that they can use for a lifetime. And hey, it also lets them help us out around the kitchen too. The way we see it, there’s no reason why kids as young as 5 years old can’t help make their own school lunch or even help cook breakfast on busy weekday mornings....

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9 places we definitely did not expect to find pumpkin spice. But we’re glad we did. Because we’re laughing.

Full disclosure: I’m down with pumpkin spice. Lattes, candles, cookies, soap, cake, more cake. I love the smell, I usually enjoy the taste, and I am most definitely not judging you if you do too. When it comes to Pumpkin Spice Oreos and Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, I’m ready to start sampling. That being said, pumpkin spice has definitely reached a new level of weird, considering the range of crazy pumpkin spice products out there these days. As of right now, a search for “pumpkin spice” yields over 20 pages on Amazon and 151 pages on Etsy alone. Oh my gourd! Here are just a...

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Support the National Parks Foundation with these cool Camelbak water bottles

A new water bottle is one of our back to school staples, and we’ve always been big Camelbak fans in my house. So how cool that they’ve teamed up with the National Parks for this new collection of water bottles that actually give back when you buy them. Related: The Bottlerocket water bottle from PlanetBox. Is it worth the price?  Each of these BPA-free water bottles feature a National Park, including big names like Yellowstone and Yosemite, and perhaps not as well-known parks like Arches and Olympic (at least, not as known to me). There are also a couple of...

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Make it Easy: A guilt-free cookbook for busy parents. So, all of us.

We are always thrilled to find new cookbooks that make life easier for parents, especially because meal planning (and cooking and serving and cleaning and cajoling the kids to eat any of it in the first place) can be…well, not our favorite part of the day. But we’re doubly thrilled when that new cookbook is from our very own Cool Mom Eats editor Stacie Billis. Whoo! The smart, encouraging, and beautifully presented Make it Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch–with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them is the right cookbook for busy parents at the right time. As in, I...

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9 outrageous snack recipes kids will love with one very special secret ingredient.

I have a confession: I’m a recovering cereal addict. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and have on occasion—and, would eat it at every snack time if I could. As would my kids. In fact, cereal is one my of our secret ingredients when making a few of my favorite go-to homemade snacks for the kids. So easy, since we tend to have some of them around the house anyway. (I mean, have you seen our original homemade baked bereal milk donut video tutorial? Win!) However like so many other parents, I’m not down with a steady diet of foods containing artificial...

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Beer cocktails that make the weekend go down easier.

If you want to amp up your March Madness schedule this week, or you happen to be combining a watching party with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, may we suggest some beer cocktails? (No coincidence they’re both the same week, say beer and basketball fans everywhere.) Fortunately, we’ve got a great one to start you off. This Sriracha-Lada beer cocktail recipe from Bon Appetit looks like it will add some proper heat to the night. It’s rather like a Bloody Mary, only replacing the tomato juice and vodka with a Mexican lager. I’m in! If that’s not your speed — or you...

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120+ easy Valentine’s Day recipes, drinks and last-minute DIY treats you’re going to love

Need some last-minute help planning a deliciously sweet Valentine’s Day menu? We’ve put together all our favorite easy Valentine’s Day recipes that we’ve been sharing on Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Eats — from breakfast to dessert — in one place. This way, you can scan them quickly to save more time for, well, whatever you want. Plus you’ll find some terrific DIY tricks here that turn store-bought treats into something special for the big day. Because, hey, we’re all about easy on Valentine’s Day. And that’s not a double entendre. Okay, it is. Top photos: Heart-Shaped Pretzels by My Name is Snickerdoodle; Valentine’s Day Brownies by Pink...

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200+ Super Bowl recipes, drinks, and last-minute party-planning help. We’re here for you.

If you’re looking for Super Bowl recipes for your game day party, from big hearty food to fun appetizers and even cocktails and mocktails should you need a break from beer, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite past posts, roundups, and recipe discoveries, for a total of more than 200 Super Bowl recipe ideas. Surely there’s one or or two here for you? (top image: Creamy enchilada potato skins| Cool Mom Eats)   SUPER BOWL RECIPES: THE ESSENTIAL BASICS (DIY Nacho bar ideas: What’s Gaby Cooking) 7 mouthwatering nachos recipes for game day parties  The ultimate potato skin recipe 9...

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Fun holiday party ideas that we put to use at our our own Cool Mom Picks shindigs this season.

We had the best time over the past month, partnering with Amazon Free Time to throw a couple of fun press and blogger holiday cocktail parties in Philly and Atlanta. Our aim was to give parents a little more me time (Get it? Free Time for me time?) in a completely adults-only environment. Remember that? Of course the great company and the chance to meet some of our favorite publishers and editors from around the country was the absolute highlight. But we thought we’d share some other fun things we did that could inspire some fun holiday party ideas for your own gatherings this season....

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3 of the ultimate gourmet food gifts for anyone on your list with great taste. And a sense of humor

From the day that Mouth.com launched we were like…whoa! If we had come up with a Cool Mom Eats retail site it would be just that — wonderfully curated gourmet food gifts and subscriptions, all from the best artisanal indie makers from around the country. So we’re beyond thrilled to announce a new partnership: Kristen and I teamed up with Mouth, came up with some super fun ideas, and put together 3 really awesome food gift bags of our own that we thought our readers would really love. Plus, our readers save 10% off everything at Mouth with code CMP10 But we think you...

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What to do with extra Halloween candy: 9 ideas you may not have considered.

After the fun of trick-of-treating and the trading of the candy, we are pretty sure that your kids are still going to have piles of candy leftover that weighs about as much as a toddler. Now is the time to think of a good plan for what to do with all that extra Halloween candy. Oh, sure, the kids can eat some of their hard-earned snacks. But, instead of throwing the rest of it in the trash, we have a bunch of great ideas that will turn that candy into something more than a messy pile of wrappers. Related: 10 delicious recipes that use...

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Adult Halloween treats you’ll want to keep out of the kids’ candy bags

So here’s something we’re pretty excited about: Recently, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Mouth.com, to put together a fantastic, carefully curated collection of adult Halloween treats you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Just scroll down. A little more…a little more…stop! There you’ll see a small collection of just a very few of our favorite adult Halloween treats. As in, grownups-only goodies from indie makers who have transformed your childhood favorites into something way more special and fancy. If you need a fun hostess gift for an upcoming Halloween party; a little something for your office coworkers or playgroup parents; a...

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7 of our favorite gifts for coffee lovers on National Coffee Day

Let’s be honest, when you’re a parent, pretty much every day is National Coffee Day. But because we have a heart for silly food-related holidays, we’re all for celebrating. So here are just a few of our favorite fun gifts for coffee lovers that we’ve featured here. Top image: Disposable coffee cups as art via Eater    Emily McDowell Coffee Mugs All of her cups are hilarious and awesome and beautiful, but this might be a favorite. Still, there’s even more where this one came from.   Joco Coffee Cups Rather take your coffee to go? These reusable glass coffee...

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